Foley Homers But Storm Swept at Notre Dame (OH) on Friday

Foley Homers But Storm Swept at Notre Dame (OH) on Friday

PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- A pair of standout pitching performances by the home team delivered a pair of losses for the Lake Erie College softball team on Friday (April 2) at Notre Dame College. Ashley Harbarger and Mallory Hardner held the Storm in check in a 5-0, 6-3 sweep at Campus Field.

Harbarger tossed a no-hitter in game one, allowing just a second-inning walk. Lake Erie (6-22) had just three base runners in the game, but Harbarger struck out eight hitters to thwart any potential Storm scoring chances. Hardner went three-for-three at the plate with a home run and three RBI to lead the Falcon (9-14) attack.
After being no-hit in the opener, the Storm wasted little time in preventing that from happening again. Sophomore Megan Foley (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) led off game two with her team-leading sixth home run of the season. After Notre Dame responded with two runs in the bottom of the first, Foley delivered a two-run single in the top of the second for a 3-2 LEC lead. 
Hardner singled in the tying run in the bottom of the inning and Christine Kasidonis followed with a two-run double as part of a four-run second inning for the Falcons that put them up 6-3.
From that point on, Hardner and Sam Ronde (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) settled in to pitch shutout ball the rest of the way. Ronde allowed just five hits the final four innings and did not walk a batter in the game. But, by that time, the Falcons had done enough damage to claim the sweep.
Kasidonis had three hits to lead the Falcons while Hardner added two more hits in the nightcap and was charged with just one earned run allowed in seven innings.
Foley had two of LEC’s five hits and drove in all three runs in the game.
The Storm is at Slippery Rock University on Tuesday, April 6.